Made up of many ex-Drivers, Transport Managers and ex-Operators, our Trainers do understand the needs of your business.
They offer both compulsory training, refresher training, and where needed audit services to enable the Operator to identify where problems exist, to receive valuable advice on changes to the systems and practices in place to ensure compliance is continually demonstrated and met. Where subsequent training or refresher training is identified as being necessary IoTA is able to provide the services of renowned consultants and trainers to work with the operator and the business to ensure the systems used moving forwards are easily followed and robust.
It is important in any industry to keep up with the changes and requirements of the legislation and regulations under which businesses operate. The road transport industry is one of the most heavily regulated, after the nuclear industry so it is vitally important that operators, managers, directors and business owner, plus drivers are fully up to date with the regulations and expectations of both the regulator and the enforcement agencies.
Traffic Commissioners expect those involved with the operation of road transport to keep abreast of industry best practice, expectations and regulations. Transport Managers, Responsible persons and business owners, directors are asked to provide details of how they are keeping up dated with the rules and regulations at licence renewal or making significant changes to the licence; like increasing the number of vehicle and trailers authorised on the licence.
where there is not clear evidence of continuously updating knowledge, the CPC holder having attended a refresher course or the responsible person or business owner or directors attending an Operator Licence Awareness Course, they will be directed to source the course and provide evidence of attendance.
Traffic Commissioners now require attendance on a refresher or Awareness course lasting at least two days to be undertaken every five years.
IoTA is one of the few bodies recognised by the Traffic Commissioners as being able to provide the relevant course set to their expectations and evidence of attendance is provided by way of an embossed certificate. Courses are easily arranged and can be undertaken in your location or the providers location.
Details of the course are to be found under the Services headings.
By way of compulsory training, many of our trainers are also able to offer Management CPC and ADR.
We also offer an on-line training facility to enable students to study for their Management CPC in the comfort of their own homes. – please see link under CPC at the top of the page.
Notwithstanding the above, we also address the compulsory needs of your drivers, offering national coverage of Driver CPC training, via our consortium.
Introduced throughout the European Union with the purpose of providing drivers with continuing professional development, the Driver CPC ensures that their knowledge of legislation and industry best practice is kept up to date.
All drivers are required to undertake 35 hours of periodic training in every five year period. Drivers with acquired entitlement for PCV and LGV prior to 2008 and 2009 respectively had five years in which to obtain a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). New drivers had to undertake initial training to obtain the card.
All drivers must now carry a DQC if they are driving passenger vehicles with more than 9 passenger seats or goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes maximum authorised mass unless they fall into one of the specified exemptions which appear on the www.gov.uk website (type ‘Driver CPC exemptions’ into your web browser). New drivers still need to undertake initial training after which they (as all others with a DQC) have five years to undertake a further 35 hours training if they wish to continue driving. Drivers who drive commercially without a DQC can expect severe financial penalties as can operators permitting drivers to drive their vehicles. In severe circumstances the Traffic Commissioners can suspend or even withdraw the entitlement to drive a large vehicle.
The Institute registered it’s Consortium (with members throughout the UK) with the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) (AC00709) in November 2009.
This has established a network of training providers delivering high quality training courses to a consistent high standard. All instructors are members of the Institute and, depending upon previous experience, undertake Institute approved Train the Trainer courses prior to authorisation to deliver courses. They undertake regular training to update their skills and knowledge to ensure that these high standards are maintained.
The Institute has stringent rules for compliance with quality assurance processes and training providers are subject to random unannounced visits from Institute verifiers to ensure that standards are maintained (in addition to those undertaken by the competent authority). Such procedures are essential to ensure employers have confidence that the training their employees receive is of the highest standard, carried out in appropriate training venues and in accordance with EU and UK regulation.
All core training material is moderated by the Institute’s Education, Training and Membership Committee to ensure consistency, whilst allowing Consortium Members the flexibility to tailor content to meet clients’ specific needs.